This is Serious, a presentation of Coma News Daily.
By Jonny Reynolds, emerging content reporter, does not have a social phobia disorder, is not Ryan Reynolds
Serious will spend the next year investigating and reporting to you on the disappearance of a local legend, Don Johnson Michaels.
It was a year ago this week that Michaels, long-time editor for Coma News Daily went missing and was later presumed dead.
Michaels, 54, was a local reporting legend, who was last seen in mid-January of that year laughing hysterically as he rode off on one of the ponies belonging to his employer, Davis Montgomery III, publisher of Coma News Daily.
Coma Sheriff Paul T. Frostnib said at the time that Michaels was “likely dead,” but that foul play was not suspected.
A fixture of Coma public life for decades, Michaels touched many residents in a variety of places.
Said Montgomery: “He will be forever remembered for his brooding and depressive manner—except at the end there where he apparently went out with a laugh.”
Michaels left no family behind. His friends however miss him dearly and regularly share stories about the former editor and his endearing habit of threatening to break their legs with a baseball bat.
But what do we really know about Michaels? What were his hopes, dreams and fantasies? Why was his memorial service tear gassed? And whatever happened to the horse?
By answering some of those questions, Serious hopes to unravel the mystery of what happened in that cold January not so long ago.